Swinburne Tempest, known to most people by his nickname of Swin came from a mining family but started work as a window dresser at 15 years old and progressed to retail packaging, exhibition and interior design. Having worked mainly in retail he always had a pen or pencil in his hand, which helped him earn a living. A self taught artist, after retiring he began painting where he draws inspiration from mining artists especially Norman Cornish and the memories of his mining family, having had an early upbringing in Fence Houses and Houghton Le Spring. Swin enjoys using a vast range of mediums, including oils, pastel, watercolors and charcoal. Currently living in Houghton le Spring, Swin can often be found sketching and painting outdoors along the North East and Yorkshire coast.